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BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SOURCES                  351

wrote a preface to No. 37, but dated one year later. No. 39 is short and
valueless.

G. SOURCES ON Su TUNGPO'S LIFE (Nos. 40-50):

No. 40 is the genealogy of the Su clan prepared by Tungpo's father.
The most important two direct sources are No. 41, the official biography
of1 the poet in Sung History, in eight thousand words, and No. 42, the
long tomb inscription, in six thousand words, written by his brother.
No. 43, Table of Chronological Events, is usually found incorporated
in his Collected Wor{s; such "tables" of a person's life are confined to
a dry tabulation of data, but require painstaking research and can be
highly controversial. No. 44 is another table by a different author,
contained in No. 18. Because of the closeness of Su Tungpo to his
brother Tseyu throughout their personal and political lives, the table
of Tseyu's life, No. 45, is important. No. 46, Genealogical Table of the
Su Clan of Meishan, published in 1929, contains imagined portraits
of the three Su's and of Tungpo's three children, and of Tseyu's three
children, and other relevant material on the family; but the more im-
portant data for Tungpo's immediate family are well provided in the
compilation made by Su's father. Reference has been made in Chapter
XIV to No. 47, the work on Su's trial. Nos. 48, 49 and 50 are able
compilations of anecdotes and records concerning Su Tungpo, classified
according to subjects, Although No. 48 was compiled by the great poet
Wang Shihcheng (1526-1590), I find No. 49 both more complete and
better arranged, and the sources more clearly indicated.

H. COLLECTED WORKS OF Su's CONTEMPORARIES (Nos. 51-62):

The works of Su's contemporaries and close associates are now all
readily available in good reprints of early editions both in Szepu
Tsung\an (photographed) and in the Szepu Peiyao (reset). As such
collected works usually contain the more formal writings of the authors,
they are not so revealing as the journals and memoirs (see Section I
below). However, No. 51 is the Collected Wor\s of Su Tungpo's
father; No. 52, of his brother, and No. 53, of his third son, Kuo.
Mention must be made also of No. 94, the reminiscences, of Tseyu's
grandson. Nos. 54 to 59 are the collected works of Tungpo's six "dis-
ciples", Huang Tingchien, Chin Kuan et al No. 60 is the Collected
Poems of the monk Tsanliao, who is mentioned frequently in this
biography; No. 61 is the important collected works of Wang Anshih.
No. 62 contains the works of the great painter Mi Fei.

Besides the above, works of important characters in this biography
are available, though not listed here. These are3 for instance, the works